An Excellent Game of Cat & Mouse

A Fool & His Monet

By Sandra Orchard

Everyone loves a good mystery and FBI Special Agent Serena Jones’ quirky Aunt Martha is no exception. It seems her aunt is a regular Jessica Fletcher. If only Serena can keep her out of harm’s way and “helping” in the investigation of the stolen Monet from a local museum, she’d be able to keep her blood pressure at normal levels.

But that would prove to be impossible.

After a successful undercover arrest with the FBI Art Crime Team, Serena dives into the Monet mystery and interviews the museum’s employees, discarding some as suspects right away. One is at the top on her list, but her boss orders her to back off. Confused, she continues her investigation, but threads keep leading back to her first suspect. And now . . . she has the sneaking suspicion someone is watching her.

Can Serena solve this mystery while keeping herself and Aunt Martha out of danger? Or will the thief get away and the Monet be lost forever?


Sandra Orchard has done it again! Given us another excellent read. A Fool & His Monet is book one in her new Serena Jones Mystery series. It’s a grand start to what’s shaping out to be a fun, entertaining, and, yes, laugh-out-loud (for you social media people—LOL!) series.

I absolutely loved all the characters in this book. I gotta say my favorite was Aunt Martha. She’s so much fun and the fact that she has an alleged mobster for a ‘boyfriend’ is the best! Even Harold the cat came alive on paper. Kudos to Ms. Orchard for a job well done on her characterization. I also loved how she threw in using the “word of the day” from a character. Clever!

The twists and turns of the plot with the subplot of her grandfather’s mysterious death intertwined, leaves the reader flipping the pages as fast as they can to find out what happens next. They will definitely want to move on to book 2 to find out more. I know this reader will be!

Her imagery of St. Louis, characters, and the details of the case are amazing, placing us right in the middle. We’re helping Serena solve the mystery just like in a game of Clue.

This book is labeled a mystery and although book one doesn’t have much romance, there is a hint of it to come with a few prospects in the ring. Will it be Nate or Tanner? Readers can have a say. I love that at the end of the book, Sandra invites her readers to join the fun and cast their votes on which character they prefer Serena end up with. So, what say you? Once you’ve read the book, visit and vote for either Nate or Tanner!

Will Harold trap the mouse playing havoc in Serena’s apartment or will he continue in his game of cat vs mouse? 🙂

I give A Fool & His Monet 4.5 paintings. It’s a masterpiece!

**Book has been provided courtesy of both the author and Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.


I have TWO copies of A Fool & His Monet to give away. The contest rules are simple—leave a comment on the blog and you will be entered. Bonus entry– if you leave a comment AND share this post on Facebook you will get two entries (tag me on Facebook or let me know in the comments). Contest closes Saturday, April 24th at midnight. Enter now! (Open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)


  28 comments for “An Excellent Game of Cat & Mouse

  1. Brenda
    April 18, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Wow! This must have been a great book for you to have read it in such a short time!! Would love to read this book and see what Harold decides to do:)

  2. Barbara Gill
    April 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Sounds like another great read from one of my favorite authors.

    • April 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Definitely a great read, Barbara! Thanks for stopping by. You’re in the draw!

  3. April 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I’m reading Deadly Devotion right now and enjoying it – this one is going on my TBR list.

    • April 19, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Hey Sara! How are you? 🙂 Deadly Devotion is another good one. You’re in the draw. Good luck!

  4. steveandellengray
    April 19, 2016 at 7:19 am

    This sounds so good! I love a good mystery and even better if it is funny. Can’t wait to read it.

    • April 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Hi Ellen! You’ll love the characters in this book. So much fun! I see you also shared it on Facebook (thanks!), so you get two ballots in the draw. Good luck! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

  5. Stephanie C.
    April 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve not read any books by this author but look forward to doing so. This one looks really good. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    Stephanie C.

    • April 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Stephanie! You will love Sandra’s writing! She keeps you turning the pages. You’re in the draw. Good luck. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Katy C.
    April 20, 2016 at 12:11 am

    This sounds like a really fun book. Looking forward to reading it!

    • April 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Katy! I chuckled quite a few times while I was reading it. Fun! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve entered you in the draw. Good luck!

  7. April 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

    The mention LOL humor in your review makes me want to add this book to my TBR. I also like it when romantic relationships progress slowly. (Not a fan of insta-love!)

    • April 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Hi Amanda! This is definitely a fun mystery and you’ll enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by. You’re in the draw. Good luck!

  8. Rebecca F.
    April 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Sandra Orchard is a new author to me, but this book sounds like one I would really like. I am adding it to my reading list! I also shared this on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    • April 24, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Hi Rebecca! Sandra is an awesome author! You will enjoy her. You are in the draw twice! Good luck!

  9. April 23, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Looks like some fun along with the mystery in Sandra’s latest – it has to be a delight!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!! I shared the post on my Facebook page.

    • April 24, 2016 at 6:58 am

      Definitely a delight! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and posting on Facebook. You get two ballots. Good luck!

    • April 24, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Hi! You won the second copy! Congrats! I will email you!

  10. Jordann
    April 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I have read Sandra Orchard’s Port Astor series and loved them. Looking forward to reading this new series! Thanks for the great giveaway!! 🙂

    • April 24, 2016 at 6:59 am

      You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by. You’re entered in the draw. Good luck!

    • April 24, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Jordann, you won the first copy!! Congrats. I will email you.

  11. mo1202007
    April 23, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I loved her Port Aster series and am looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • April 24, 2016 at 7:02 am

      It’s gonna be another great series! You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

  12. mo1202007
    April 23, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I shared this on Facebook as well.

  13. April 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I would really like to win this book! The title has intrigued me since it was named on Sandra’s FB page. I really enjoyed reading your review about this book! It makes me want to read it even more.

  14. Diane Spearing
    April 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    This sounds like an awesome book….. What a great read I bet!!!

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